Watch British Teens Get Tested on their Knowledge of the NFL (Video)
In North America, even people who know nothing about football know something about football. Your girlfriend may not know what teams play in what cities, but she probably knows that Tom Brady is a football player (because he’s married to Gisele Bundchen), and she certainly knows that the Super Bowl is not a baseball game. This is because, even if you don’t pay attention, you can’t help but absorb some kind of knowledge when something is all around you.
But what about across the pond? The NFL has been trying to work its way into the British sporting scene for years. This year the Patrios and Rams became the latest teams to play a regular season game in London’s Wembley Stadium.
So are the league’s efforts making any progress in turning the Brits on to football?
Well, some folks recently got a handful of British teens together and asked them questions about American football to see what they knew. And while some of their answers sound absolutely hilarious to our North American ears, others really aren’t so bad. They all knew that Beyoncé performed at the Super Bowl, most knew that it’s like rugby, a handful could name at least one football player, and there was one guy wearing a Florida Gators sweatshirt who actually seemed like a fan of the game.
Take a look at the video. It’s pretty interesting:
I don’t know about you, but I was actually impressed. There’s no way they’d know this much about baseball.
In any case, if there’s one thing the NFL should take away from this, it’s that they aren’t going to win over young fans by playing games at Wembley, the tickets to which they probably can’t afford. No, they’re going to win over fans through films and video games. After all, even the girl who thought the Super Bowl was a baseball game had a rough idea who John Madden was—because she was a gamer.